Official Blog of Dead Fish Handshake


Bring on 2014

It’s a new year and we’d like to welcome home a familiar face and big part of the DFH-family. Mr. Mark Birkelbach has returned behind the kit for Dead Fish Handshake. And thanks to Matt Biehl for joining us on the road several months ago. Best of luck.

We’re ready to hit the ground running. New shows, new music and more. Bring on 2014!

Thank you for a fantastic 2013!

As we get ready for 2014, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank you all for helping make 2013 a fantastic year – our team in the music biz, radio and press – our rock n roll buddies with whom we shared the stage with and most of all our DFH-family whose support makes all the difference in the world. We go as you allow us to and so we are sincerely grateful for having you all in our corner. Last but certainly not least, a big thank you to all venues and talent buyers that continue to inject life into the rock n roll music scene.



Dead Fish Handshake – “When Doves Cry” (Prince)

This is Dead Fish Handout 2012…that’s right…2012.
Last year, we ran into a snag when trying to get our annual holiday release in your hands just in time for the holidays, so it was put off, but never forgotten. We finally mixed it and here it is for your streaming pleasure.

And so leaves the question… “What about Dead Fish Handout 2013? There’s a song for 2013, right?”
You better believe it. It’s coming. No excuses. We just want you to digest this one for a bit.

Download link is:

Dead Fish Handshake – “Guilt”

A special post for our Kickstarter supporters…

Hey all, Rob here.

It’s been a little while since we’ve posted here. As we wind down the year, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for sending us out on the road this Summer. It was a memorable experience and we met some incredible people.

By now, most of you have received your Kickstarter packages that you signed up for. However, a few, including the covers EP, is still in process. Without going into full detail, I’d like to apologize on behalf of DFH for the delay. I’ve had a rough go at it on the personal front which has slowed down production in the studio. I’d rather keep it at that, but assure you that we are working hard to complete the songs and expect them to be in your hands and ears in early 2014. Also, on the horizon are some new songs, new shows and more. I never wanted this delay to be a sign of lack of appreciation. I hope it hasn’t come off as such.

In the meantime, let me tell you a little about the very first song that Matt and I ever wrote – a song called “Guilt”. Back in the early days of writing what would become Dead Fish Handshake’s debut EP, we had about 10 song ideas floating around, six of which eventually got narrowed down for inclusion on “Across State Lines”. “Guilt” was one of my favorites – a sure shot to make the record or so it seemed, but we couldn’t decide between this originally stripped down, intimate recording or a full blown electric version. In the end, others came together and found their way onto “Across State Lines”, leaving no room for “Guilt” or the other few that were in contention. We’re very happy to be able to share this with you.

As part of this Kickstarter, we want to say thank you and offer a glimpse of the early days. I can still remember being in the room on a cold December afternoon watching and hearing this song come to life in a matter of moments. We hope you enjoy this.


Follow the link to stream Guilt:

DFH Returns to the Starland Ballroom.

New show announcement: 04.05.14
DFH Returns to the Starland Ballroom as special guests of Scott Stapp, the voice of Creed.
Advanced tickets available through the DFH Store

Tickets available to DFH w/ Like a Storm

Tickets for our show at Achitekt in Butler, NJ next month w/ Like A Storm and One Hundred Thousand are now available through our DFH store.

Go here to purchase:

The Sixes (Deluxe Version)

This September, we will be releasing a Deluxe Version of “The Sixes” contain the original release, as well as a couple acoustic versions of songs from the EP in addition to the whole release in instrumental format.

1. Turning a Blind Eye
2. E-Motionless
3. Recquiescat
4. The Blackest Skies
5. Lifespan
6. Leave The Light On
7. The Blackest Skies (acoustic)
8. E-Motionless (acoustic)
9. Turning a Blind Eye (acoustic)
10. Turning a Blind Eye (instrumental)
11. E-Motionless (instrumental)
12. Recquiescat / The Blackest Skies (instrumental)
13. Lifespan (instrumental)
14. Leave The Light On (instrumental)

Preview the acoustic version of “The Blackest Skies” here:

Leave The Light On Tour

Being on this tour has been quite the experience…certainly one to remember. We’ve met some incredible fans and bands. It’s reassuring to see so many people out there that love to rock and support live music. And knowing that you all back home are pulling for us means the world. Without you, none of this would have been possible. With that said, it’s only fair that we keep our DFH-family informed of all things Dead Fish Handshake. Unfortunately, we were forced to re-route some of our tour dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Our trek out to the midwest is no longer on the schedule. Our apologies to those who live in the areas that we are unable to visit at this time. We will do our best to get back out to you at a later date. We managed to schedule some dates up the east coast as we make our way back up to NJ and are planning another leg of the “Leave The Light On” tour to go with our current dates in NJ, PA & CT. Thank you all for the incredible support. See you soon.

Success is in the details.

Been a little busy as of late but recently had a chance to reflect on what it is we do and the amazing people that allow it to happen. As you know, we hit our Kickstarter goal, a hefty number… and I can’t put into words what that means and how it makes me feel. For all the detractors (and there are plenty), there is a substantial number of people here, there and everywhere that push incredibly hard to see us succeed. And in a time where the music biz isn’t what it used to be, I sincerely mean it when I say that you make it all worth it.  Success is truly in the details. Thank you so much for all you do.